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Zero Human Rights Respect In Southwest – Tambe Tiku 


By Bouddih Adams

Southwest Regional Secretary of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms, NCHRF, Christopher Tambe Tiku

Southwest Regional Secretary of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms, NCHRF, Christopher Tambe Tiku

The Southwest Regional Secretary of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms, NCHRF, Christopher Tambe Tiku has asserted that respect of Human Rights in the Region is at point zero.

Tambe Tiku was speaking during a radio discussion and press launch organised as part of the celebration of the 2016 Human Rights Day on December 10.

He said there were some strides made a decade or dozen years ago but that things have gone back to zero.
“I fear for the common man, because we have a very corrupt judiciary and very corrupt administrators.

When villagers raise issues with their Chiefs who have taken the land meant for the villagers and sold, the Chiefs get the DO to arrest and detain them.

This is compounded by the fact that State Counsels have compromised by getting into shoddy land deals.

So, the villagers are helpless,” he stated adding that administrative detention is the competence of the Senior Divisional Officer and that is only applicable in the case of banditry, not land matters.

He cited the DO of Buea as one of the most corrupt administrators. He said his judgment can be measured by the fact that DO, Paul Wokam Kouam came to Buea having nothing, but today he can boast of estates and riches.

“And we know the salary of a civil servant like him, so, where did the money come from? Tambe quipped. He cited the present DO of Muyuka as another example of corrupt administrators.

Making reference to the molestation of lawyers in the Northwest and Southwest and the torture of students of the University of Buea, UB, Tambe Tiku stated: “Cameroon is at the point of a social calamity!”

Here him: “Here in Buea on November 28, 2016, we witnessed the worst forms of brutality by the forces of law and order in contemporary times.

Harmless students seeking dialogue with the University administration to present their grievances were subjected to hostility, torture inhuman and degrading treatment.”

Talking on the state civil and political rights in the Region, he said the annual inspection of police and gendarme cells shows that persistent violation of the rule that no one should be detained beyond 48 hours without being brought before the State Counsel or released on self bail.

He observed that corruption is endemic in the Southwest, and that there is a strong relation between corruption and poverty.

“Corruption in the Region has wrecked havoc on developmental projects,” he stated.

With regards to prison conditions, he said: “With a functional criminal justice system, the prison will, to a large extent, be decongested.

A cursory look at the number of detainees on awaiting trial shows that there is a failure of the criminal justice system.” He said, in the Kumba prisons, must of the detainees who are granted bail are still held.

Tambe Tiku reiterated the message of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, ZEID Ra-ad Al Hussein who has stated that: “It is time for each of us to step up for human rights.

There is no action that is too small; wherever you are, you can make a difference. Together, let’s take a stand for humanity.”

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